AIA Virginia and ACEC Virginia Acknowledged by General Assembly

AIA Virginia and our legislative advocacy partners ACEC Virginia were acknowledged on the House floor of the General Assembly on Feb. 26, 2020.

Below are the remarks made by Del. Betsy Carr:

Thank you, Madame Speaker, I rise for an introduction. Today joining us in the gallery are representatives from the American Council for Engineering Companies of Virginia and the American Institute of Architects Virginia Chapter. If they would please stand…

These organizations are present today to represent the important work that architects and engineers do for the Commonwealth, whether it is the design of buildings, parks, roadways, public utilities, electrical grids or renewable energy sources, or the next generation of the Commonwealth’s infrastructure. Architects and engineers have a direct and vital impact on the quality of life for all Virginians through designing equitable, resilient, and healthy communities. They take an oath and must be dedicated to protecting the public health, safety, and welfare in performing their professional services. 

Today, as Virginia responds to a changing climate, both architects and engineers are working together to respond to these effects by designing sustainable and resilient structures that reduce their impact upon the natural and built environment, and protect the life and property of all Virginians.

Madam President I ask that members of the body please stand and give them a warm House welcome.

Pictured in photo
Bottom row, left: Lynden Garland, AIA; Kathy Galvin, AIA; Corey Clayborne, FAIA; Rob Comet, AIA; Chris Stone, PE
Top row, left: John Stuart, PE; Eric Burke, PE; Nancy Israel; Paul Anderson, PE

Maggie Schubert, AIA

A native of a small town in the Virginia Piedmont, S. Maggie Schubert, AIA, received her Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Tech in 2008. During her collegiate studies, Maggie received the Lucy and Olivia Ferrari scholarship and was awarded the opportunity to study at the Center for European Studies in Architecture in Riva San Vitale, Switzerland. Also while at Virginia Tech, Maggie studied for and successfully completed the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP) exam. Virginia Tech’s missions of learning, discovery, and engagement through its motto Ut Prosim (That I May Serve) guides Maggie to strive to serve others to promote positive change and to build a better community through the work of the profession. She’s a graduate of AIA Virginia’s Emerging Leaders in Architecture program, the recipient of AIA Richmond’s Richard L. Ford Award and the AIA Virginia Emerging Professional Award.

In 2014, as AIA Virginia celebrated 100 years at it’s Centennial Luncheon at the Jefferson Hotel,  Maggie was asked to Toast the Future of the profession which she used as a call to action:

“We must redefine architecture’s place in the community and continue
to evolve in the way we present ourselves to the public. We must have
courage to face vulnerability and imbalance, and strive for diversity in our profession to better reflect the demographics of our society.

I ask that each one of us continue to be the visionary, so that we may
create a common language and a common goal … may we as leaders
and emerging professionals continue to have the passion and courage to create design that inspires to make our vision for resiliency a reality.”

Maggie has championed the evolution of the architecture profession through leadership, education, mentorship, and her service as the voice of emerging professionals in the Commonwealth. Her work will help to define the trajectory of the profession for years to come.

She has served on the AIA Richmond Board of Directors, as co-chair of the Young Architects and Interns Forum, and as chair for Richmond Women in Design. Schubert’s leadership and passion for the profession continue beyond her local chapter as well. She has served as Associate Director on the AIA Virginia Board and chaired AIA Virginia’s inaugural Art of Practice conference.

Staff Transitions

We have a few staff transitions and new responsibilities to share with you.

Marshall Dreiling is moving on to an exciting new venture but will continue to consult with us for a short time.

We are pleased to introduce Olivia Jennings as our new part-time Communications Coordinator. Olivia will manage our websites, social media, communications + outreach efforts.

Corey Clayborne, AIA, Executive Vice President, will now also be in charge of Government Advocacy efforts, the Emerging Leaders in Architecture (ELA) program.

Rhea George, Hon. AIA Virginia, Managing Director, will now also be in charge of Professional Development programs including Architecture Exchange East (ArchEx), Virginia Design Forum, and the Art of Practice Conference, along with Knowledge Communities.

Keesha Ezell, Director of Finance, continues to manage all financial matters for the association with the assistance of Edward Nace, Accounting Assistant.

Judy Cheadle, Sales Director, continues to manage all sales efforts with ArchEx exhibit hall booths, sponsorships, and electronic advertising.

Cathy Guske, Hon. AIA Virginia, Member Services Director, continues to manage all aspects of membership, allied memberships, and the member newsletter.

Honors and Design Awards Presented at Visions 2016

The AIA Virginia Awards for Excellence in Architecture and Honor Awards were presented at the 2016 Visions for Architecture gala at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

AIA Virginia 2016 Honors

AIA Virginia 2016 Awards for Excellence in Architecture

AIAVA News: July 2015

Returning to the Publishing Ideal
In her monthly column, Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA, updates the membership on the Inform magazine refresh. More>>

Call for Entries Extended
There is still time for you to enter the Awards for Excellence in Architecture. Entries and submissions are due by July 30, 2015. More>>

Keynote Speaks Announced
See who will be delivering the keynote addresses at Architecture Exchange East in November. More>>

New Virginia Emerging Professional Honor Award
Nominations for all 2015 AIA Virginia Honors including the new emerging professional award are being accepted through July 16, 2015. More>> 

Virginia Ranks Among the Top Ten
NCARB has announced their national statistics for 2015, and Virginia is a leader in multiple significant metrics. More>>

Member Service Alignment Underway
Your leaders are focused on analyzing member services across the state and identifying opportunities to add value to your membership. More>>

Large Firm Round Table
The first meeting of the Large Firm Round Table was held this past June. More>>

Dreiling Awarded Presidential Medal
The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada has awarded Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA, a Presidential Medal and Honorary Membership in the RAIC. More>>

Keynote Speaks Announced
See who will be delivering the keynote addresses at Architecture Exchange East in November. More>>

Call for Public Comment
The Virginia Department of Historic Resources (DHR) is seeking public comment on the draft statewide comprehensive preservation plan for the 6-year planning cycle 2016 through 2021. More>>

ELA Program Gains National Exposure
AIA Virginia’s Emerging Leaders in Architecture program is featured in the AIA YAF Connection e-publication. More>>

Free Online Code Seminars
The Department of Housing and Community Development provides free online video presentations which AIA members are able to self-report. More>>

Welcome these New Members
The following members recently joined the ranks of AIA Virginia. More>>

The Benefits of Working Together
Leaders share their experience at June’s Emerging Leaders in Architecture (ELA) meeting in Virginia Beach. More>>

A New Name for a New Century
On Friday, June 19, 2015, the membership approved a change to the name of the Virginia component of the AIA from Virginia Society AIA to AIA Virginia. More>>

New Architects
We understand the dedication and effort required to study for and pass the ARE. Congratulations to the following members for passing their exams and gaining licensure. More>>

A New Name for a New Century

On Friday, June 19, 2015, the membership approved a change to the name of the Virginia component of the AIA from Virginia Society AIA to AIA Virginia and the necessary updates to the bylaws to reflect this name change.

The vote was part of a first-time virtual meeting of the membership. View the presentation.

History/background information on the name change:
The AIA is an organization made up of many smaller local and state components. To help reinforce the AIA’s brand, naming and visual guidelines have been developed, along with rules for combining component names with the AIA symbol, monogram, and other elements. Our organization moniker ― the Virginia Society AIA ― does not adhere to these naming guidelines.

In support of the national AIA Repositioning initiative, and to bring our component into alignment with all of the local AIA components in Virginia, it was unanimously approved by the Board of Directors during its Feb. 20, 2015 meeting that the Virginia Society AIA adopt the naming convention and brand guidelines recommended by the national component. In accordance with the bylaws, the membership also approved this name change on June 19, 2015.